Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Proper of the Day: Thursday of Easter Week

On this Thursday of the Octave of Easter, we hear one of my favorite Resurrection stories, this time from Luke. the disciples are sitting around, and Jesus appears to them. some don't believe it's him - the text says they thought they were seeing a ghost. So he asks for some food, and it's a piece of fish, which he proceeds to eat. Broiled too. Interesting detail. I'm always fascinated by the seemingly random details that often pop up in the Gospels in particular. Are they significant? Some are, such as the names of the women specifically mentioned in the geneology of Jesus. Some might be, like the name of the slave whose ear Peter cut off in the Garden of Gethsemane. And other might not be, like this one. Perhaps it's whether we we can attach some theological significance to that detail at the moment or not. I confess that whether it's broiled or not does not seem to matter, although the Greek for the word is a hapax logomenon, a unique occurrence, in the entire Scriptural text. Often that does mean something, but sometimes it's just a word.

More Easter Music for today:

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!


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